Join Date: Jul 2008
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A comment, if I might. Virtually all of the boats of that era had blister problems. Morgans, Ericksons, Rangers, Islanders, Columbias, Cals, Catalinas--all of them. That was because no one knew that something as hard as resin and glass could absorb water.
Most boats of that era that are still around have been fixed. If they haven't, they've been ground up into chunks and are filling a landfill somewhere.
I'll say this about Charley Morgan's boats: they are built like brick outhouses. My old Morgan 36T racer is nearly 3 inches thick in places. The OutIslands were built with charter in mind. That means they had to be able to challenge a coral head and not just win, but win and get the boat home. They did that quite well. I defy you to take one of the new computer designed boats and run it into a coral head and expect the boat to survive.
Charley told me his philosophy was "If you can get her there, my boat will bring you home." I believe it, and the number of OI's still out there must mean something.
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